Years ago, one of the most popular movies of all time was created. It was called, “The Sound of Music.” Almost everyone has seen that great musical. I remember going to see it when it first came out when I was in high school. Julie Andrews played the part of a young nun trying to decide whether she should devote her life to full-time ministry or become a wife to Captain von Trapp. It was a very romantic, inspiring movie and has withstood the test of time. It is still one of my all-time favorite movies!
In one of the songs, Maria (played by Julie Andrews) sings, “Nothing comes from nothing. Nothing ever could. So somewhere in my youth or childhood, I must have done something good.” But is it really true that “nothing comes from nothing”?
When I was in graduate school, one of my seminary professors pointed out one of the biggest questions in all the creation/evolution debate. It is, “Where did all matter come from?” We were told that, scientifically speaking, no one has ever been able to create something out of nothing. At some point, all matter must have a beginning.
Now, I am a big fan of “The Sound of Music”, and I respect my theology professors, but I have lived long enough to discover that they are both wrong. It IS possible to create something out of nothing. Let me explain.
Recently, a friend of mine went through a very difficult experience. One Sunday morning he ran into an old friend of his at church, who happened to be a woman. My friend and this lady sat beside each other and visited for a while and were able to renew their friendship from many years ago.
In a conversation after church, the lady friend told another woman about her renewed friendship. The gentleman was a mutual acquaintance to both of these ladies and they had a short discussion about how wonderful he was. The second woman then spread a rumor that these two reacquainted friends were having an affair.
It was later discovered that none of that was true. But, in the process, many people were hurt. None of the stories or accusations had any basis or merit whatsoever. The vicious rumor was traced back to one individual who started the whole thing and had actually created SOMETHING out of absolutely NOTHING!
I realize that is a little bit different than what Maria was singing about and what my seminary professors were talking about. In the world of science nothing comes from nothing, and nothing has ever produced something. But, in the world of relationships and friendships, nothing can become something very quickly!
How many times has someone intentionally or unintentionally spoken harmful words about you? Unfortunately, we have all been guilty of saying things about others that we later discovered were not true. We are all able to turn a small, innocent molehill of a situation into a huge mountain that no one could move. It is sad indeed, to see the destructive power of rumors. What sometimes starts innocently can tear down and hurt others. Our words are like a match that starts a small fire, but before long destroys an entire forest.
If you are going to try to turn nothing into something, why not tell your friends, your husband, wife, or child this week that you are proud of them even if they have not yet earned it? Why not go out of your way to encourage another person because you see them trying? Perhaps they have not yet achieved a goal or dream that they are working toward. Take the “nothing” that has happened so far and turn it into a positive, helpful “something”! If you are going to do any creating, make sure it is good, pure and positive.
Be the kind of creator even a scientist could admire!
Tip: Don’t create something out of nothing!
Have a great week! God bless you!
Dr. Robert A. Rohm